The Sophomore Challenge Scholarship is unique to our school. Sophomores are introduced to college scholarship requirements through this award-winning program. Selected students receive a base amount of $1000 with an extra $1000 available if they graduate from OHS with a 3.0 or better grade point average. The scholarship was started in 1996 through the efforts of one of our trustees and former OHS graduate, Eugene Ryker. Since that time, over forty $2000 scholarships have been awarded to Okemah sophomores who met the challenge requirements.
The Okemah Public School Foundation will award scholarships to Okemah sophomores based upon financial need, scholarship, answers to essay questions and letters of recommendation. The recipients of the base scholarship of $1000 will be notified at the end of the sophomore year. The Foundation will then challenge the recipients to add $250 to the base scholarship each following semester by staying in school and maintaining a 3.0 or better grade point average. The maximum amount of this scholarship is $2000.
Scholarship money will be given to recipients based upon individual student needs after confirmation of enrollment at an accredited university, college or vocational/technical school. This scholarship will expire after the recipient’s fund has been depleted or upon failure to maintain enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters.
For advice on how to make your application the best it can be, see our Hints for a Successful Application.
Download an application:
Sophomore Challenge Scholarship Application 2016
- Applicants must have sophomore standing at Okemah High School.
- Applicants must agree to remain in and graduate from Okemah High School.
- 1996 Kevin White, Alicia Watson
- 1997 Mindy Hill, Greg Mackey
- 1998 Katrina Knebel, Travis McMahan
- 1999 Jennica Maronde, Maranda LeMay
- 2000 Adam Mackey, T.J. Sexton
- 2001 Crystal Magness, Sherri Greenwood, Major Jones
- 2002 Dixie Sexton, Jodi Vanderslice
- 2003 Cody Haddox, Kristi Knebel
- 2004 Jordan Crow, Andrew Minnich
- 2005 Jonathan Chestra, Clayton Hurst
- 2006 Lauren Nicole Seran, Tyler Thomas
- 2007 Lisa Friedman, Jessika K. Gunter, Vanessa Tillery, Luke Tucker
- 2008 Corey Anderson, Michael Cox, Sarah Dyer, Amber Mill, Mark Miller, John Palmer, Samantha Schweigert, Sandra Smith, Megan Webb, Reanna Wilson
- 2009 Ethan Allen, Devin Flanders, Kierten Franks, Gabriel Gunter, Christen Kelly, Kyle Moody, Kaylee Robertson, Sherry Williamson
- 2010 Patrick Daggs, Jordan Fraser, Chalee Groves, Matthew Labbe’, Kyler J. Lee, Anthony Minor, Austin Tucker, Cherie Youngblood
- 2011 Brionna Duke, Wesley Hunter Thompson, Kayla Kelley, Kaitlyn Kelley, Lacie Williams, Ross Taylor, Elizabeth “Libbie” Rutland, Lindsey Marquis
- 2012 Andrew Franklin Banta, Joshua Aaron Maples, Kayla Schweigert, Rayna Harjo, Amie Massey, Bayley Rybski, Justin Goodart, Allison Green
The Okemah Public School Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the Okemah Public Schools by helping schools develop more effective educational practices.
High school seniors looking for an outlet for their writing creativity could generate $500 or more in cash for their continuing education.
Each year, Cuba City Light & Water along with our power supplier WPPI Energy, offers two $500 high school scholarship to high school seniors.
The 2018 scholarship program materials will be available through this web site or by contacting the high school guidance or utility offices. The deadline is March 31, 2018. Award recipients will be notified in May.
Cuba City Light & Water is proud to help in the educational efforts of our communitys youth. Through this scholarship program, we have helped many local students with their continuing education.
Past winners include:
2017: Jayden Trevethan and Anthony Zilliox
2016: Alex Biba and Noah Sander
2015: Tanner Boebel
2014: Jenna Hoppenjan
2013: Emily Hilby, Brianna Morrissey and Jason Derby
2012: Scott Wisdom, Taylor Pickel and Kaitlyn McQuade
2011: Brittany Ginter
2010: Matthew Klimesh and Megan Pickel
2009: Troy Schroeder and Jeremy Lucey
2008: Kayla Brogley and Kelsey Pustina
2007: Becky Kaiser
2006: Josh Bruner and Elizabeth Wisdom
2005: Amber Morrissey
2004: Teri Cardey and Ashley Morrissey
2003: Sean Casey
2002: Amanda Hendricks and Maggie McWilliams
2001: Christine McWilliams and Jennifer Lange
2000: June Schroeder and Matt Schweigert
1999: Abbey Jo Holt
1998: Rachael Johll and Christopher Gile
- To give something back to the community, contribute to educational efforts
- To increase awareness of public power
- To inform customers about the benefits of having a community-owned, municipal utility
- High school seniors may submit essays to win one of two $500.00 scholarships. To be eligible, the student or their legal guardian must be a customer of Cuba City Light and Water when the essay is submitted. Dependents of utility personnel are not eligible.
- The essay theme for 2017 is "Our Community Connection: The Value of Our Municipal Utility". Essays should be 500-1,000 words, typed, double-spaced and include the following information on a cover page: first and last name, home address, phone number, name of legal guardian, Cuba City Light & Water account information such as name on account, billing address and account number.
- Deadline for submitting essays is March 31, 2017. Please bring your essay to Cuba City Light & Water or mail it to: Cuba City Light & Water, Attn: Jill Hill, 108 N. Main Street, Cuba City, WI 53807-1538.
- Awards will be announced in May.
Cuba City Light and Water is a good source of information through through both printed materials and interviews with employees. Information about public power is also available at libraries and on the Internet. Web sites of particular interest include WPPI Energy at www.wppienergy.org, American Public Power Association at www.appanet.org, and the Utility Connection at www.utilityconnection.com.
Scholarships are awarded to essay contest winners who plan on attending a post-secondary educational institution. The scholarships will be paid to the winners upon completion of their first semester. A transcript or other proof of completion must be submitted to: Cuba City Light & Water, Attn: Jill Hill, 108 N. Main Street, Cuba City, WI 53807-1538.
Careers in Public Power
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